Dear Publication Advisors

Easiest Genre To Publish

Dear Publishing Advisors,

What genre of writing is the easiest to get published? I want to get published soon, but do not have a ton of time to write/revise.  Rather than spending my time on a genre that is more cut-throat, I’d rather invest my time more wisely.  Recommendations?


Short on Time



Dear Short on Time,

There is no genre that is ‘easier’ than another.  Niche genres, such as romance or horror, may publish at a quicker rate than others because the volume of submitters may be less. However, just because a publication is known for a fast response time, does not mean they are easier.  They may be just as selective as a publication that has hundreds of submissions a week.

There are a number of factors when determining speed and likelihood of acceptance.  How often does a publication publish? Are they on a quarterly distribution track or do they publish daily online? Do they have a large following?  Are they tied to a university?  Is the publication linked to a publishing house?

Stick with what you’re good at, but present it in a new way.  If you’re best writing comes in the form of personal essays, try writing a personal essay in all dialogue.  If you’re best writing comes in the form of fiction, try fitting a story into 100 words.  Playing with form and structure can narrow your competition even in an over-saturated market.

– Publication Advisor

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